Monthly Archives: August 2011

Seattle documentary association hosts DocForest retreat for filmmakers

Independent filmmakers tend to be a, well, independent lot. We like it that way, but it can get a little lonely at times. So it’s refreshing to see a local association specifically aimed at connecting local documentary filmmakers. Lisa and I have enjoyed attending a couple of SeaDocs screening events, where we met James Allen Smith, who joined our Beyond Naked filmmaking team on June 18. SeaDocs is putting on it’s largest event of the year next weekend, DocForest, and we’re looking forward to attending what looks like a great opportunity to connect with other local documentary filmmakers.

Here’s the scoop (from the SeaDocs website):

August 26-28 join the Seattle Documentary Association for DocForest, a documentary filmmaker’s retreat at the Kitsap Forest Theater. The weekend retreat formerly known as DocFarm will be filled with guided peer-to-peer workshops, documentary films, camaraderie, bonfires, and great food. Recharge your creative spirit at this breath-taking environment in the woods!

The weekend kickoffs Friday evening with a Happy Hour followed by Rapid Recharge an event where we show YOUR favorite, brain tingling, jaw dropping, inspiring clips. We will show five minutes of any genre of film you bring.

During workshops discover the myths of distribution; practice pitching your dream project and honing your idea; and explore the ethics of documentary filmmaking and the elements of storytelling.

Saturday evening is the screening of 10 min. Works-in-Progress clips.

DocForest events end Sunday at 2pm so you’ll have plenty of time to continue to enjoy the woods and head home.

Sleeping accommodations are available on site where you can bunk with twenty-five other people in the cabin or bring a tent to sleep alone. If you prefer to sleep offsite there are nearby hotels.

Ticket prices include the following chef catered meals: Friday Happy Hour; Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch.

Get inspired and get to know your fellow documentary filmmaking community at the 2011 DocForest!

See for directions to DocForest.

For Tickets: or call 24/7 ticket hotline 1-800-838-3006